The Jamhouse, St.Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1QU
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As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Howard and Jeffrey, together with Carolyn Griffey - the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. One of the most powerful and energetic acts on the circuit today.
As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, Shalamar were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce 'body-popping' to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel brought street dance to the UK - he is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk. Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time, releasing numerous solo albums and collaborating or performing with some of the greats including Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire, Teena Marie, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Deniece Williams, El Debarge. He was recently voted by Soul Tracks as one of the top 10 greatest male soul singers of all time.
Shalamar perform classic songs such as "Take That To The Bank", "The Second Time Around", "Make That Move", "I Owe You One", "Dead Giveaway", "Right In The Socket", "Full Of Fire", "Sweeter As The Days Go By", "Over And Over" and "This Is For The Lover In You". With 25 million record sales under their belts, Howard and Jeffrey, along with the newest member Carolyn Griffey drive audiences crazy with a dynamic blend of funky feel good music.
Shalamar are fronted by 3 dynamic individuals:
Jeffrey Daniel - the man who taught Michael Jackson the moonwalk and introduced body popping to Europe and the UK. Jeffrey co-choreographed and featured in the "Smooth Criminal" and "Bad" videos during a creative partnership with The King of Pop that spanned twenty years. The YouTube video below shows the first ever moonwalk in the UK in 1982. It was then known as the backslide before MJ renamed this infamous move. JD gained recognition on the US TV program Soul Train before presenting the UK version of the show - the 6.20 Soul Train. He went on to star in the original West End cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, playing Electra. A legendary performer and style icon.
Howard Hewett - a Grammy award-winning artist voted one of the world's top ten soulful singers of all time. With a tremendous back catalogue of solo work to complement his Shalamar activity, Howard has also collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Anita Baker, LaToya Jackson, Stanley Clarke, Deniece Williams, Rick James, Johnny Gill, Joe Sample, Babyface, LL Cool J, and George Duke to name but a few.
Carolyn Griffey - in addition to performing with Shalamar is a former member of the group Absolute and heir to the Solar Records dynasty - the Sound of Los Angeles which brought classic RnB acts onto the world stage including Shalamar, The Whispers, Dynasty, Lakeside, Midnight Star, Klymaxx, Calloway and Carrie Lucas (Carolyn's mother).